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PrinceBlueblood

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  1. Hope and optimism spring ever eternal in the minds of ponies. At least, that was what must have been so for a mare to run, for years, a wine and grape punch shop smack dab in the middle of cider country. Not that Berry Punch resented the Apple family at all! It was just that she thought there was room enough for all fruits in this town. Enough of her fellow citizens seemed to agree to keep her shop afloat, but not quite enough to make it a success. "Success" being defined as enough to give her little filly the life her mother felt she deserved. Dreams of little Ruby Pinch being Equestria's fifth Princess aside, Berry really did need help to move stock this year. And wouldn't you know it, but a new mare from the Crystal Empire came to town, one skilled in making crafts from crystals! Just the sort of thing needed to showcase her wonderful beverages. It being a slow day at her own shop, Berry felt no shame in shuttering early, and trotting down to the new mare's house, rapping on the door with great expectations...
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    Changeling Times[Private: ATTN: Blueblood]

    The first hallway inside the doors was well lit from many windows, as well as slots in the bamboo wall, creating a pattern of dark and light within. Some beauty-minded changeling had even done up some floral arrangements, with the breeze wafting in from outside bearing the sweet odors throughout the grand hall. Once through a second set of doors, there was a darker room within, leading to a staircase, at the bottom of which was a chamber darker still, the interior much in the old style of Hive Center, lit only by green phosphorescence. There were considerably more cushions strewn about than was usual, but overall the impression was much the same as it would be in the old Badlands Hive. In the center of it all lounged Queen Chrysalis, undisguised in this, her inner sanctum. She seemed sleeker, more filled out than she had on previous appearances at the head of an invasion force, speaking well of her new diet. Raising her head to greet the pair of newcomers, she bared a grin that was just as full of pointy teeth as ever. "Welllcome..." She rolled the word in a low, sultry voice, green eyes glinting and forked tongue flicking. "I am so very pleased that you received my invitation. Do, come, take a seat wherever you like..." There was something a little too sweet in her voice; perhaps she was just trying too hard to be friendly after so long out of that habit...
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    The Night Watch (Open to anyone)

    Oh, Earth was never going to give up writing itself; it was both in his name and in his bones, not to mention the only marketable skill he could use to put food on his table. What he'd lost was any pride in his product, or shame for that matter. Hence, why Fire Walker's attempt at encouragement drew out a laugh bitter as black coffee from the bottom of the pot. "Oh, I did. That's what got me in trouble. There's surprisingly little demand for a freelance propagandist, if you can't fool anypony into thinking you're a real journalist anymore." That was as close as he'd come in a while to a public admission of guilt; much of it was externalized into a resentment of the powerful, telling himself he'd been hard done by everypony involved, from the noble who'd entrapped him to the editor who fired him. But with destitution looming, one had to discard grudges like so much ballast to keep afloat. Sighing, he settled back in the chair with the cup of cocoa. "Anyway, thanks. I'll see her with a manuscript once I've got it finished." His eyes wandered back to Taira as he took a sip. Going off to greet the Kirin... who greeted back, apparently. Once again, buried reporter senses were tingling. "You know, I heard a story once, or read it, about creatures that could disguise themselves as animals... or, perhaps, were animals that could disguise themselves as ponies. Who are also animals, I suppose. Anypony ever wondered why that distinction doesn't seem weird?" He addressed his question to Opal, as she'd just come up to the rest of the group.
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    Changeling Times[Private: ATTN: Blueblood]

    As soon as Kahz saw Raven come up from behind Icy, his compound eyes lit up in sparkling blue, and his wings began to buzz and chitter happily. "Ah, welcome, welcome! It is an amazing place, isn't it? Much better than the Badlands, to be sure. Praise to the Queen for bringing us here!" The little drone here would have more reasons than most to praise the change; part of the reason he was so small and bent was due to nymphood malnutrition. But now, with loving customers coming in nearly every day, why, it was a near-constant feast for the Hive! Chuckling at the apropos mention of the food, Kahz stepped forward to offer himself as a guide. "The Palace is open to you for the duration of your stay! You'll have free rein of all the VIP accommodations, once you've concluded your meeting with the Queen. Follow me!" He led the pair on a path over the dunes and sea cliffs, a bit rough at first for those lacking wings. It offered a fine view of the beach resort, with the clear lagoon spread out before them. Ponies could be seen swimming and sunbathing, usually accompanied by a disguised 'ling rocking a perfect beach body. Once they went up and over the bend, that view would be cut off, only to reveal an even more striking one. A row of palm trees swaying in the breeze, marking a path down a lush lawn to a sprawling complex of bamboo and coral, held together here and there by the black chitin normally used in changeling architecture. A palace fit for an island queen, whose massive doors were opening before them now. "Go right in, she knows you're coming!" Kahz smiled and stepped aside. Unlike years before, he was reasonably certain that he would see the two again, once they crossed the threshold into Chrysalis' private domain...
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    Berry Punch and the Quest for the Crystal Goblets! (OPEN)

    Smiling at having her recollection confirmed, the burgundy mare nodded eagerly at Toboe's question. "Yep! I always help little Pinchy with her costume; she was the Bride of Ponystein that year! I don't usually have time for my own, though; I'll definitely have to check out that shop if it's here again next year!" She was about to ask her for a drink order, when all of a sudden, the shop was invaded by a pink progenitor of prodigious partying! "The usual, eh Pinkie?" She laughed, turning around to grab the bottles behind the counter. "Coming up! Ten cups of the good stuff. You want them all separate, or do you want to try them all in a punch?" Berry looked back with a gleam in her eye. She rarely suggested this sort of thing, even though her full name suggested a particular application of this talent. Her parents had raised her to appreciate ingredients in themselves before bringing them together, drawing a parallel to inter-pony relationships. Each needed to know and respect themselves before they could do justice to another, a lesson which Berry took more to in drink than in ponies. After all, every time you met another pony, you couldn't help but mix, right? She laughed again at Opal's formalized hesitation. "Well, it might be, if it hadn't been so long since the last one. Pinkie builds up so much party in her, that if she doesn't let it out regularly, they become real blow-outs!"
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    Changeling Times[Private: ATTN: Blueblood]

    In truth, 'just off the Equestrian Shoreline' was an inadequate way of describing the location of the resort land Chrysalis had acquired from Discord. In one sense, yes, it was but a short sail from the Strand cities to her pleasure port of call, in another, one could hardly call it a part of the same dimension. The two suns were the biggest clue in that regard. So far, however, no random storms of chaos had messed up the Queen's ambitions to use the place to harvest love in a less evil and more successful manner than before. Now that issue of her Hive's immediate survival was taken care of, she couldn't keep her scheming brain quiet. But what could she get up to that wouldn't be counter-productive at this point? Well, perhaps she would get a good idea from her meeting today. An old hoof at espionage, whispers of things happening in a certain mare's life had reached her ears. A mare who was a repeat customer. Possibilities brewed in her mind, leading her to sending out an invitation. Not that she greeted the mare at the docks; after the grand opening, the 'Island Queen' no longer made a habit of personally welcoming the ships. Now, her drones did so. Undisguised, now that her 'secret' was out. She had assigned the more charismatic and sensitive members of her hive (rare among the unreformed 'lings) to guide each customer to the sector of the island most suitable to their fantasies. Kahz, a diminutive, slightly bent out of shape, but utterly charming was the one greeting Ice. "Miss Ice Storm? Lovely to see you again!" Smiling, he took up the scroll in his magic, glancing over it. "Looks to be in order; be glad to take you there!" His smile dipped a bit as he saw one of the last lines of the scroll. "You're not bringing a plus one? Her majesty had been hoping you would."
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    Berry Punch and the Quest for the Crystal Goblets! (OPEN)

    Berry had been about to nod and pack it up once again, but then she heard the little dingle of the bell over her front door. Customers! "Hold that thought for now, I've got ponies to take care of." Smiling at Opal, she was positively beaming at the shaggy-maned newcomer. "Yep, that's me! Come on in, ain't seen you 'round these parts before, I think?" She tilted her head, trying to place Toboe on the rather vague memories she had of a similar-looking mare. "Or weren't you here for Nightmare Night? Yeah, I think I remember seeing you there." Not just that, but another customer was coming in right behind! Ooh, an exotic-looking earth pony; mama like. "Well there, handsome, the nice thing about wine is that it comes in so many varieties, you can find one for any taste! Whether you like them sweet and fruity, bright and zesty, smooth and elegant, or dark and rich, I got one for all, and even more! And if you don't know what you like yet, I'll give you a sampler tasting for 5 bits! You won't find a better deal this side of Canterlot."
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    Berry Punch and the Quest for the Crystal Goblets! (OPEN)

    "Usually I'd hear about it if she were..." Berry mused. Smiling at the compliment, she brushed back a bit of her mane from her eyes. "Why, thank you! And this is a slow part of the day for me, most of my business comes early in the morning, when little colts and fillies pick up their juice for their packed lunch on the way to school, and in the afternoon and evening, when the grown-ups come for a drink."
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    Heeeeeere’s Another One.

    Hello, and welcome!
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    Berry Punch and the Quest for the Crystal Goblets! (OPEN)

    "That's alright!" In better and more profitable times, Berry would have been glad to give the drink on the house. As it was, however... things hadn't been going so well, lately. There was only so much demand here, hence the mare's collaborative idea to generate some with crystal goblets. "Two bits, please." After hoofing over the drink, she leaned on the bar-counter, looking out the window towards the empty square. "Huh, guess not many are out on this street. Might be at the park, or something."
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    Berry Punch and the Quest for the Crystal Goblets! (OPEN)

    There doesn't seem to be anyone in the shop right now; hopefully none were here and left while Berry was gone. "Well, here's the place." It was internally furnished with much in the way of stained wood shelves, with grooves to hold wine bottles on their sides. Little tables were set up, most of them empty, but a few with bottles tastefully arranged. Closer to the front were the juices made for younger ponies, and those looking for a softer drink. Many of these were in boxes. "You wouldn't believe what it took to get the machine to make those, and even then I have to remind the little ones to recycle them. Still much safer than giving them glass, though.
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    Berry Punch and the Quest for the Crystal Goblets! (OPEN)

    "Alright then!" Berry beamed, standing back up and heading towards the door. "We'll just take a quick walk back to my shop, just to make sure I haven't left a customer disappointed, then we'll just go out on the town, see who we run into!" Opening the door for her new friend, the earth pony mare quietly cheered herself on. Why be satisfied with a slow shop day, when you can make a new friend instead? The resident Princess was certainly right in her priorities, as far as Berry was concerned.
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    Berry Punch and the Quest for the Crystal Goblets! (OPEN)

    Hm, head tilt in confusion. That told Berry that Opal had little, if any, experience with flirtation or any other kind of teasing. And probably wasn't looking for anything of the kind either. That was fine, the burgundy mare just had to remember to tone it down around her a little, that's all. "Well! Did you have any plans today? Because I didn't, and there's no time like the present, as our resident doctor likes to say!"
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    Berry Punch and the Quest for the Crystal Goblets! (OPEN)

    Berry did perk up at the compliment, sharing in the vanities common to all mares. "Aw, thanks sugar crystal! Would be depressing to think I was losing it already." She even ventured a wink that verged on brazen. Most of the town were used to her ways, and knew not to take them too seriously, though. She kind of did want to see how the newcomer would react, get a read on her character and all that. "I see you haven't got much in the way of local connections, then. Sometime I ought to take you around and make a few introductions; it's the ponies here that really make the town worth living in, occasional disaster an all!"
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    Sphinxmaster (Pretzel, Dusty)

    Sand. Sand everywhere. For the third time since coming out to the dig site, Princess Bluebelle tried to discreetly cast a little spell to banish every bit of grit from the interior of her fashionable khaki clothes. Her self-cleaning magic, developed over the years as the neat-freak of a unicorn royal dealt with the unavoidable contacts with the dirt and dust of the real world, was usually quite effective, but she felt now that there was always at least one bucking grain that was lodged somewhere sensitive. Perhaps it was just a psychosomatic reaction to seeing the vast plains of sand outside the habitable areas of Saddle Arabia. Normally, the Princess would never venture outside of the beautiful gardens, lush fields, and picturesque streets of the horse Sultanate, but as one of Equestria's most prominent diplomatic ponies, her visits usually were spent in the personal company of royalty or major leaders, the Sultana in this case. And among the duties this Sultana took upon herself was the ceremonial dedication and tourings of the many archaeological digs delving into the history of her country. And that history was fascinating, of course, but Bluebelle still silently lamented the geography. Still, ever the premier diplomat, she did not let her good grace or smile falter as she accompanied the ruler. "I'm afraid I haven't read too deeply into the myths surrounding this dig; your country just has so many. Wasn't there something involving some kind of... sphinx, was it?" Bright, curious eyes; interested smile, and temporarily pristine coat gave all present the impression of the Equestrian tourist, of the more respectful and respectable kind, of course!
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    Berry Punch and the Quest for the Crystal Goblets! (OPEN)

    "Oh!" Berry's eyes shone at the final product, getting up from her seat to take a closer look at the crystal glass and it's design. "May I?" She asked, before taking the goblet into her own hooves. Her grip is more gentle and precise than that of an average earth pony, mostly due to her having handled glassware all her professional life. Holding it up to the light, twirling it between her frogs, she tested the balance and light refraction, before setting it back down with a smile. "It's perfect! I'll take two dozen of this design, at least to start. Two to display, and the rest to sell. I'm not sure how much demand this town will support, but I'm sure I won't have to hold on to them for too long!" Though her business was concluded, the burgundy mare was in no hurry to leave. After all, neither of them had any customers to deal with, and she wouldn't have to leave until Pinchy came home from school. Time enough to socialize and chat! "So, how do you like your new home? I'll bet seeing Princess Twilight's new castle really brought back memories, huh? Seems hard to imagine now that she was just Twilight Sparkle, town librarian a few years ago. Well, that and a national hero!" She giggled, but could not sustain her laughter for long, deflating into a sigh. "Changes like that make me feel old, gotta say. I don't look it, do I?"
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    The Night Watch (Open to anyone)

    Earth could not, unfortunately, return Fire Walker's smile with anything more than half of one, and that cut with no small amount of cynicism. "Well, if they're interested in buying my pen, it's currently for sale. Just thought I'd give Princess Twilight offer of first refusal, as I was saying to your fellow officer there. Not written much fiction before, but I could spin a pretty good yarn of a naive stallion in love, if she doesn't mind tragic endings." He nodded towards Silver, sitting to rest his back against one of the shelves. If he was being perfectly honest, it was the sale of his pen that had gotten him into this trouble in the first place. He'd been let go from the Chronicle after the head editor discovered that his travel writing on Maretonia was essentially paid propaganda on behalf of his noble hostess. Once his position at the paper was lost, the noblemare found no use for him, and subsequently had him kicked out of her house and deported, in shame and humiliation. Hence, the stallion's expressed opinions on highborn mares. Thumping his head against the books, he cast a weary, but interested, eye on the exchange between Fire and Silver. Disruption in the Twilight Guard? Fascinating. Perhaps there would be a buyer for this information, a bit of juicy court gossip? *Or Military intelligence* A dark and growing portion of the former journalist's brain pointed out. He hadn't gone so far as to seriously contemplate any such treason of course. Not yet, at any rate. Give it a few more hungry months. Bad thoughts, bad thoughts. Best focus on the doggie. Nice doggie. "So, he just wandered in. Is he one of yours, or does Twilight have a new pet?"
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    Sphinxmaster (Pretzel, Dusty)

    Basira's satisfaction was mirrored by Bluebelle's own. Another cross-cultural negotiation successfully completed! And she could add "sphinx" to the list of species she could work with too! All in all, the Princess' CV was looking mightily impressive right about now; which was good, as she couldn't help but think she would need to emphasize every possible positive point to keep her aunties from freaking out. Granted, they weren't likely to be put off so much by Nilaavin himself as much as the fact that he would answer completely to Blue... "Oh, don't worry about that, I ensure all my staff and servants have the highest possible level of care!" As for requisitioning the proper resources for cleaning and feeding Nil, well, she supposed they would just have to ask in person. And if anypony was brave enough to say 'no' to a sphinx, well! Blue still had a few slots left open in her honor guard. "I'm sure you'll love it. I'll bet you've never been to a place that had no deserts, but was green all over with forests and grasslands, and some mountains as well, eh?"
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    Berry Punch and the Quest for the Crystal Goblets! (OPEN)

    Berry swished her tail, both in anticipation, and in thought, as she followed the other mare to inspect her stock. Rubbing her chin, she looked over the cups and mugs. "My personal preference is for clear stemware, with a smooth rather than a faceted bowl. Otherwise, it's hard to judge the color and quality of the wine once you pour it in. We want our products to enhance each other, not cancel each other out!" She smiled, before sighing a bit. "But... that may not quite be what our customers want. If they come to my shop, it's usually because they want to feel fancy without paying Fancy prices! So, any stemware that looks fancy will probably do. Any favorite styles of yours I should know about?"
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    Berry Punch and the Quest for the Crystal Goblets! (OPEN)

    Berry Punch giggled. "Ooh, I can just imagine her enthusiasm! Of course, being an element of harmony and one of Twilight's Council members must be keeping her busy; nice to know she still takes time to give that personal touch!" Although, given the nervousness with which Opal greeted one of her crystal pieces being out of place, Berry couldn't help but think that a hyperactive party pony must have caused some anxiety for the newcomer! Oh dear, that meant she probably wasn't quite ready to deal with the heights of craziness this town could deal out... Well, best she have a friend when the time came. And a business partner! "Well, I heard that you were in the business of crystal-crafting, and I was wondering if you would like to display some of your wares in my shop! Wine tastes best in a proper glass you know, and having some crystal stemware to show besides the bottles would, I think, help both of our sales!"
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    Berry Punch and the Quest for the Crystal Goblets! (OPEN)

    Ponyville was the sort of small town where nopony locked their doors. Sure, one had to deal with the occasional marauding monster, but that was the sort that broke through your walls rather than picked your locks! So, Berry was easily able to let herself in, greeting the Crystalline mare with a smile. "Hey, Neighbor!" The Burgundy Earth mare extended a forehoof for a greeting hug, a little hooves-on, but normal for the mare herself. "I'm Berry Punch! Live and work up the street, little wine-and-juice shop on the lane. Just wanted to come by and say hello! Heh, probably didn't beat Pinkie Pie here, though!"
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    Opal Frost OC (ready for inspection)

    Simple, but I think it works well!
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    Opal Frost OC (ready for inspection)

    Easiest way to post an image is to upload it to a third party site (such as tumblr, imgur, deviantart, etc) and paste the direct link to it. The forum software will automatically embed the image . Are you still working on this app or is it ready? I ask because there's still a WIP in the thread title (you can remove it if you edit your post).
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    Are there even active roleplayers here?

    Pretty much what Pressy said. If you're interested in setting up a thread, drop a line. I've got some characters that could use some air time, and I'm just now freed up from holiday things. Keep in mind, though; I tend not to do more than one post per thread per day. I will do paragraphs in each, however. That's mostly what we use the forums for, longer-scale writing. Chat-speed is mostly done on, well, the Discord Chat.
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